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Will Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross admit he’s a problem for his team?  – Denver Post

We’ve had a voyeuristic view of how the Miami Dolphins have been operating for the past few weeks — at least, while awaiting Brian Flores’ trial — and how did you like that?

The good news is you can understand why the Dolphins haven’t won a playoff game in the 13 years of the Steve Ross era. The bad news is that you also understand why they might not win a playoff game in the future.

Add up all the legal documents, NFL investigations and statements involved and you see Ross: angered his former coach, Flores, over his involvement in a landmark lawsuit; negotiated with Deshaun Watson’s attorney the need to settle the sex allegation lawsuits against the quarterback, evidently without the knowledge of general manager Chris Grier; attempted to replace his young quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, with Tom Brady and hire coach Sean Payton while interviewing current coach Mike McDaniel.

Does it rewrite the book on property interference? He certainly deserves the Triple Crown of interference given his work against the three positions any NFL owner needs to support the most or cut ties with: coach, general manager and quarterback prospect. -franchise rear.

Each owner is involved in the decisions. But the loud statement of recent months is that Ross is dictating policy to his football people. Former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria must watch in restless admiration from his publicly funded French resort.

All of this doesn’t even come within the game-fixing allegations and tampering penalties imposed on Ross. The NFL released its reports on these last week, though you should keep an eye out for what’s important given their slick presentation.

The NFL delivered big names in Brady and Payton, big penalties from losing a first- and third-round draft pick to the Dolphins, and big suspensions of six games for Ross and a year for pending owner Bruce. Beautiful. That’s if a suspended owner means anything other than a little embarrassment.

The tampering penalty was the shiny object, but the game-fixing charge is the serious stuff Ross faces. The NFL report did nothing to mitigate that, regardless of its conclusion that when Ross offered to pay Flores $100,000 for every loss in 2019, it was all a joke.

You know what’s funny about that conclusion? When Ross initially denied offering the money to Flores, there was no hint of a joke. There was fair, searing-quality denial that Flores suggested such a thing.

When Flores wrote to Team Grier executives, CEO Tom Garfinkel, and Senior Vice President Brandon Shore about Ross’ pressure on him to lose games, there was no reason either. there will be a response like, “Lighten up, Brian, baby!” Enter the joke! If so, we would have heard it by now.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell couldn’t have backed Ross here because he’s the owner — and, therefore, his boss — right? This investigation couldn’t have played the bad cops with the tampering charge and the good cops with the game-fixing allegation, could it?

We’ll have to sit down and see if any judge, jury or whoever decides Flores’ trial has the same sense of humor as those boisterous NFL investigators. That’s when it becomes real. And let’s be clear: Ross’ position with the team remains in play until then.

You could say it’s all business, just ruthless business, and no one would care about tampering if Ross landed Brady and Payton. No one should understand this better than Flores. He has become the target of some fans who pass the blame. He unfairly fired coaches left and right in his day. Why was he so upset that he himself was fired? Fair question.

Still, Flores felt he was fired not for losing but for winning. He believed there was discrimination. That’s what his lawsuit covers, and it looks like he’s going to have his day in court.

We learned a lesson through another crazy offseason. It’s not easy to be a fan of an organization that functions as a fruit stand. The Dolphins have a good training camp – at least as far as training camps go.

There is renewed hope. There is general optimism. There’s also a stark realization that this team’s challenge has always been more than Buffalo and New England. It starts with the man in the upstairs office.



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